With a penchant for dressing like a celebrity for red-carpet events and themed birthday bashes, Dr Georgia Lee, 41, is known for her amazing, to-die-for wardrobe. The director of TLC Lifestyle Practice is married to Dr Pierre Christian Ipyam, 50, and has two sons, Georges, 13, and Pierre, 10.
How obsessed are you with fashion?
My work as a doctor and my line of skincare products are very much the focus of my life. But that said, I fly to Paris twice a year to attend the fashion shows of my favourite brands like Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier. I attend about two shows a day for the three days I am there.
Have you always loved clothes?
Yes. I have always wanted to look presentable, even when I was a child. Instead of buying my school uniforms off the shelf, I insisted that they be tailor-made.
Till this day, I’m not as interested in jewels, watches or bags as I am in clothes. And if I can’t find the right outfit, I’d rather not go to an event.
But I have no emotional attachment to my clothes because they’re all just material things.
How often do you shop?
I have no time to shop. On weekdays, my day starts at 7.30am and ends at 10pm. On Saturdays, I finish at 6pm, and I spend all my free time with my family on Sundays.
So my personal stylist Joshua Cheung, who has been with me for a decade, shops for me. He will SMS or e-mail me whenever he sees something which might suit me.
And when a new collection arrives at the boutiques, the sales staff will send it to my clinic at Holland Village and I will take my pick. I only shop for my sons whenever necessary.
I spend more during Paris Fashion Week when I’m in a different outfit for each show, and at the end of the year when there are more parties. I attend about 50 events in a year and I never wear the same dress to events.
How do you organise your wardrobe?
My walk-in wardrobe was converted from a bedroom in my five-room apartment, and is estimated to be 300 sq ft. I categorise my clothes in alphabetical order by brand and colour.
My domestic helper, who has been with me for 15 years, knows exactly where each piece is kept.
I have no idea how many pieces of clothing and pairs of shoes I own because I don’t keep track of them. I’d estimate that my dry-cleaning bills come up to $600 a month.
What do you do with your clothes once the season is over?
For the past four years, I have been renting a temperature- and humidity-controlled unit at a warehouse in Pasir Panjang to store all my designer pieces.
It is about 300 sq ft, and I rent it for about $300 a month. I send a large suitcase of clothes to the warehouse after my yearly spring-cleaning.
I also store about 10 pieces of haute couture from Christian Lacroix and Dominique Sirop collected over the years there.
I rarely visit the warehouse to get clothes because I can’t keep up with wearing my new purchases. My domestic helper keeps an inventory of my clothes.
Eventually, when I am more established in my career, and I feel that my collection is big enough, I’ll put the pieces up for a charity auction.
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